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Ingredients

  • 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 10 fillets
  • 5 jalapenos, de-seeded, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 20 slices bacon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions

  1. If using chicken breasts cut them lengthwise into thin fillets, each fillet will make one bomb.
  2. Pound the chicken fillets between parchment papers until about ¼ inch thin.
  3. Season each with salt and pepper.
  4. Wash jalapenos, cut stem off, slice lengthwise, remove seeds and clean out center
  5. Rinse jalapenos a second time.
  6. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well blended.
  7. Fill each jalapeno half with about 1 Tbsp. or little more of cheese mixture.
  8. Place filled jalapeno half, cheese side down on chicken fillets and roll chicken around jalapeno.
  9. It doesn’t always close the way you think it should. No worries! The bacon will pull it all together.
  10. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon (one at a time) tightly around the rolled chicken, start at one end, wrap half the fillet and finish the 2nd half with the other piece of bacon, and tuck bacon into itself to seal ends closed.
  11. You do not need toothpicks, because it all comes together in the cooking process.
  12. FOR GRILL VERSION :
  13. Preheat grill to 350 degree and place chicken bombs on the grill to cook over indirect for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  14. Turn chicken bombs on the grill every 5 minutes to ensure it is cooking evenly, and baste with barbecue sauce each time you turn it.
  15. Just before the chicken bombs are done, baste one last time.
  16. Be sure chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
  17. If you have a meat thermometer, chicken is ready when it reaches an internal temp of 165 F, otherwise pierce chicken bombs with a fork.
  18. When they are done, remove from the grill, let them rest 5 minutes or so and serve and get ready to hear some accolades because these babies are very tasty …

 

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Multi-generational Travel is picking up speed and popularity, fast becoming one of the hottest growing trends in travel these days.

What is Multi-Generational Travel?

In a nutshell, it’s used to describe a traveling trend that’s picking up momentum all the time and becoming more popular all the time. (traveling with at least three generations of the same family) That is, families with wide age differences. Multi-Generational Travel is unique in that way in that small children, from infancy, traveling with grandma and grandpa. It’s traveling with a wide age range in the family.

Multi-generational family travel can be special, and sought out, way to travel. But it does demand unique arrangements. That is, what appeals to the youngest and all the way to the oldest can vary widely.

We’ve gotten questions across the board when it comes to this type of travel. Are you planning or considering a Multi-generational (Multi-gen for short) vacation in 2018?

We’ve got you covered when it comes to preparing for your trip. Here are the questions we get most often about this type of travel desired, and what we tell our guests. (And if you don’t see the question listed here, feel free to contact us about any questions you have! We’d be happy to help, and point you in the right (best?) direction!

Because of the increasing demand for flexible and variable vacations, filled with varied activities that will appeal to a wide age range, tour operators and travel experts have stepped up to the plate to design adventure vacations for specifically for a wide age range.

Fun family vacations for Multi-generational travel now abound. Here are just a few trip ideas designed to be fun for the whole family. The benefit of going on a family vacation specifically labeled under Multi-generational travel is that these trips have been planned specifically with the whole family in mind. It takes the guesswork out and you can rest assured everyone will feel taken care of!

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This sandwich is packed with all the BEST flavors! Chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing come together in the most delicious ways. It’s guaranteed to become a favorite. This recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and lunching on during busy summer days. After all, summer was made for lighter things. Grab & go meals. Less time in the kitchen and more time outside! This Bacon Cheddar Ranch Chicken Salad? Well, it was definitely made for summer.

 

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 c. chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 c. ranch dressing
  • 1/4 c. mayo
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped cooked bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chives

 

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
  2. Stir well; garnish with additional cheddar cheese and fresh chives as desired

Enjoy!

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Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to splurge on your mom and give her something extra special — and nothing compares quite like an adventure vacation for the whole family. Especially one that she doesn’t have to plan!

Of course, every mother is different, but for the active, adventure loving mothers out there, we’ve compiled our top 3 destinations–our most popular adventure vacations for mother’s day–in one spot. If you’re still planning that adventure vacation for mom, or if you plan to take her to see the world after mother’s day, these are the best adventure vacations for mom – mother’s day or not!

 

Jasper & Banff National Park, Canada

Jasper & Banff National Park makes the perfect family adventure vacation spot to celebrate mother’s day. With gorgeous panoramic views, a trip to the Canadian Rockies is a great way to get mom away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the beauty of the spring season. A National Park vacation is the ultimate slice of Americana, and one of the absolute best active vacations for families this mother’s day.

 

San Juan Islands, Washington

While the Canadian Rockies are a great place for family vacations, the San Juan Islands in Washington get the top spot when it comes to couples who want a romantic getaway to celebrate mother’s day together. There’s hardly a setting more peaceful than Washington State’s San Juan Islands, ranked #2 on the New York Times list of top travel destinations, and the perfect place for couples who enjoy active travel together.

 

Yellowstone & Paradise Valley, Montana

Family vacations and couples’ getaways are great – but what about a getaway for the girls? A mother-daughter outing? The answer is in Montana’s Yellowstone & Paradise Valley. This gorgeous national park teems with life and biodiversity and is an adventure traveler’s paradise. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for all-women adventures and mother-daughter vacations.

 

 

 

 

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Delicious and healthy breakfast for mom!

We’re willing to bet your mom has made you hundreds of breakfasts. This Mother’s Day, return the favor and spoil her with a beautiful brunch or breakfast in bed!  Serve these tasty frittatas with a side of fresh fruit and delicious cup of coffee (or mimosa) for the perfect finishing touch. Mama deserves the best on her special day and this is sure to make her feel as amazing as we all know she is!

 

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 6 ounces lox, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 packed cups (2 ounces) arugula
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

 

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Put an oven rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the cream, lox, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  5. In a 10-inch, ovenproof, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the arugula and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the arugula has wilted, about 1 minute.
  7. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir to combine the ingredients.
  8. Cook, without stirring for 4 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until set, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  9. Slide the frittata onto a platter.
  10. Using a serrated knife, cut the frittata into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Austin Adventures by Austin Adventures - 1M ago

Adventure travel can be healing, life-affirming, and grounding. Full of fun and leisure, spontaneity and curiosity, adventure traveling for couples can also be a powerful way to reconnect, reaffirm and rekindle the spark. Looking out at a gorgeous vista, being fully present where we are, all our senses engaged and open to a keen sense of wonder, adventure travel has a unique way of reminding us just how much we love the person standing next to us. Travel serves as the ultimate shared experience. Discovery, exploration, and curiosity – together.

The U.S. Travel Association launched an extensive research study into the benefits–if any–that travel has on romantic couples. And it turns out that traveling as a couple has many positive benefits!

In fact, the evidence that travel impacts relationships is overwhelming and positive. Survey after survey shows that couples who travel together are substantially happier in their relationships than couples who don’t. A surprising 94% of respondents who travel as a couple regularly reported that they feel very close to one another. The extreme majority of couples who made time to travel regularly together reported being more connected and fulfilled in their relationships over the long-term, with 79% reporting that sharing new experiences regularly via travel made a positive impact on their relationship. Travel—for these couples–served as the perfect backdrop to talk, reconnect and spend quality time together.

Travel among couples also has a positive effect on romance and intimacy in the relationship, and many couples find travel itself as a way to improve the ‘spark’ or romance, more effective than gift giving, regardless of how big or expensive the gift may be. It was the new experiences together, the heightened senses and the feeling of being present that had the most powerful impact. And while a trip to Europe may be wonderful, a weekend getaway works wonders all the same when it comes to using travel to boost your relationship.

Both new and long-term relationships benefit from the positive effects of travel. By enabling couples to do and try new things together, travel helps couples build their budding relationship, giving them a chance to bond and get away from the day-to-day. And couples looking to maintain their commitment also find benefit in travel. By getting out, experiencing the world and having a chance to relax, they find the much needed time to reconnect and slow down with each other, taking a break and taking stock, to reconnect and sync back up.

The vast majority of couples reported that sharing new experiences regularly via travel made a positive impact on their relationship. Vowing to see the world together—or just a corner of it—forms a common goal and a sense of purpose between partners, and the anticipation of arriving at a destination adds shared excitement and enthusiasm. Experiencing something new together fosters a sense of camaraderie and a unique experience between them that creates memories to reminisce about later on. Perhaps the power of travel between couples lies in its lasting appeal and benefit. Not only is it fun to anticipate and plan a vacation for two, it’s also fun and engaging when you arrive at the destination, and of course, gives plenty of fond memories to reminisce about in the future. A great thing all the way around.

California – Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is the largest “Dark Sky Park” in America, according to the (IDSP) International Dark Sky Parks Association. Dedicated to protecting exceptional nocturnal environments for their scientific, natural, and educational value as well as their cultural heritage – including the sheer public enjoyment of stargazing, the IDSP has also given California’s Death Valley the “Gold Tier,” its highest rank awarded. That’s because Death Valley National Park has some of the most powerful stargazing areas in the country. This phenomenon–along with it’s treasure trove of daytime activities–has made California’s Death Valley one of the most romantic national park destinations for couples. Enjoy a day of hiking, rafting and biking, followed by a peaceful evening under the stars!
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Arizona – Grand Canyon

As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is breathtaking and has a way of bringing a rush of adrenaline by merely witnessing its grandeur first-hand. So it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most popular national park destinations for couples. Effortlessly warm in the evenings, and glowing with rich, natural earth tones, Grand Canyon National Park blends together a wonderful combination of multi-sport possibilities and romantic allure for adventure travelers who want both.

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Planning a trip to one (or three) national parks this year? Our FREE Guide to Planning the Ultimate National Park Vacation combines insider vacation planning tips and ideas into one 17-page PDF guide. Download our free guide for inspirational ideas and practical advice to help you easily plan your best national park vacation yet.
DOWNLOAD FREE NATIONAL PARKS PLANNING GUIDE

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Fire Up The Romance…and the Grill

What says romance better than a fancy steak, homemade with a thoughtful marinade? Turn on your favorite playlist, fire up the grill and prepare to amaze your loved one with this rustic, yet elegant steak marinade. Couple it with your favorite beer or red wine and serve with your favorite sides. This meal is sure to appeal to all of your senses and set you up for a romantic evening together. Dare we say…..”You’re Welcome”

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/3 cup high-quality whiskey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar/li>
  • 11/3 cup soy sauce
  • juice of lemon
  • 2 TBLS Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix all ingredients in a jar, screw on lid and shake until brown sugar is dissolved
2. Pour contents over your choice of steak and marinade 3-4 hours
3. Grill to preferred heat

Enjoy!

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Nearly 100 countries–the U.S. included–have lands classified as “National Parks.”

National parks are designed to protect the natural heritage, history, beauty, and wildlife of millions of acres across the globe. Writer and historian Wallace Stegner once referred to our national park system as the “best idea we ever had.” And he may be right.

For one week each April, America’s National Park Foundation celebrates the nation’s “best idea” with National Park Week, a time to pay tribute to the public lands we all share and enjoy. Here is a rundown of the highlights during National Park Week:

National Park Week 2018
April 21-29
April 21 – Fee Free Day (Yes, for every national park in America!)
April 21 – National Junior Ranger Day
April 21 – National Volunteer Day (part of National Volunteer Week)
April 22 – Earth Day — & the 50th anniversary of the National Trail, Wild & Scenic Rivers System!
April 28: Military & Veteran Recognition Day
April 29: National Park Rx Day

Each of our national parks is unique; an experience all their own. To highlight and celebrate this amazing diversity, we’ve highlighted three iconic parks below–all very different–to illustrate the wide and varied experiences that are available to active travelers everywhere.

Montana – Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park – and widely held as the first national park in the world, setting a historical precedence for the protection of public lands. Spanning over 3,500 square miles across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the Yellowstone wilderness features gigantic canyons, rolling forests, and a host of hot springs and geysers atop the largest volcanic hot spot on the entire planet. This park is not only the first of its kind, but an untouched and wild wonderland in a league all its own, and one of the best-loved destinations for adventure travelers across the globe.
View Yellowstone Trips

 

Oregon – Crater Lake National Park

Yes, Crater Lake really is that blue. There’s a legend in Oregon that when the first Crater Lake visitors with color cameras took their photos to be developed, they were reimbursed for what Kodak assumed was an error in the printing process. Little did Kodak know, the impossibly bright blue hue of Oregon’s Crater Lake is in fact, real. Adventure travelers will find gorgeous hiking (and biking) trails along the Pacific Crest Trail and thrilling rafting opportunities on the world-famous Rogue River. And for those more dramatically inclined, the evenings bring live performances to one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the world – Ashland Shakespeare Festival. This national park is a consistent favorite for couples looking for action, relaxation and a touch of romance.
View Crater Lake Trips

 

South Dakota – Black Hills National Park

Black Hills National Park has a lot to enjoy – but it really shines as a family-friendly adventure that’s both action-packed and educational. Long before the Black Hills became a national park, it was at the heart of the Wild West in its lawless days. Its historical legacy lives on in towns like Deadwood, where legendary figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill made history. Black Hills National Park is also home to Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial and many other enduring symbols of democracy, making this park truly unique in its blend of thrilling outdoor activities and stirring historical presence. If you’re looking for a family-adventure that’s action-packed and educational, designed to make learning fun and exciting for the kids (and you!), visit our Black Hills National Park vacation page for a full-detail itinerary.
View South Dakota Trips

 

Planning a trip to one (or three) national parks this year? Our FREE Guide to Planning the Ultimate National Park Vacation combines insider vacation planning tips and ideas into one 17-page PDF guide. Download our free guide for inspirational ideas and practical advice to help you easily plan the best national park vacation.
DOWNLOAD FREE NATIONAL PARKS PLANNING GUIDE

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Nearly 100 countries–the U.S. included–have lands classified as “National Parks.”

National parks are designed to protect the natural heritage, history, beauty, and wildlife of millions of acres across the globe. Writer and historian Wallace Stegner once referred to our national park system as the “best idea we ever had.” And he may be right.

For one week each April, America’s National Park Foundation celebrates the nation’s “best idea” with National Park Week, a time to pay tribute to the public lands we all share and enjoy. Here is a rundown of the highlights during National Park Week:

National Park Week 2018
April 21-29
April 21 – Fee Free Day (Yes, for every national park in America!)
April 21 – National Junior Ranger Day
April 21 – National Volunteer Day (part of National Volunteer Week)
April 22 – Earth Day — & the 50th anniversary of the National Trail, Wild & Scenic Rivers System!
April 28: Military & Veteran Recognition Day
April 29: National Park Rx Day

Each of our national parks is unique; an experience all their own. To highlight and celebrate this amazing diversity, we’ve highlighted three iconic parks below–all very different–to illustrate the wide and varied experiences that are available to active travelers everywhere.

Montana – Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park – and widely held as the first national park in the world, setting a historical precedence for the protection of public lands. Spanning over 3,500 square miles across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the Yellowstone wilderness features gigantic canyons, rolling forests, and a host of hot springs and geysers atop the largest volcanic hot spot on the entire planet. This park is not only the first of its kind, but an untouched and wild wonderland in a league all its own, and one of the best-loved destinations for adventure travelers across the globe.
View Yellowstone Trips

 

Oregon – Crater Lake National Park

Yes, Crater Lake really is that blue. There’s a legend in Oregon that when the first Crater Lake visitors with color cameras took their photos to be developed, they were reimbursed for what Kodak assumed was an error in the printing process. Little did Kodak know, the impossibly bright blue hue of Oregon’s Crater Lake is in fact, real. Adventure travelers will find gorgeous hiking (and biking) trails along the Pacific Crest Trail and thrilling rafting opportunities on the world-famous Rogue River. And for those more dramatically inclined, the evenings bring live performances to one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the world – Ashland Shakespeare Festival. This national park is a consistent favorite for couples looking for action, relaxation and a touch of romance.
View Crater Lake Trips

 

South Dakota – Black Hills National Park

Black Hills National Park has a lot to enjoy – but it really shines as a family-friendly adventure that’s both action-packed and educational. Long before the Black Hills became a national park, it was at the heart of the Wild West in its lawless days. Its historical legacy lives on in towns like Deadwood, where legendary figures like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill made history. Black Hills National Park is also home to Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial and many other enduring symbols of democracy, making this park truly unique in its blend of thrilling outdoor activities and stirring historical presence. If you’re looking for a family-adventure that’s action-packed and educational, designed to make learning fun and exciting for the kids (and you!), visit our Black Hills National Park vacation page for a full-detail itinerary.
View South Dakota Trips

 

Planning a trip to one (or three) national parks this year? Our FREE Guide to Planning the Ultimate National Park Vacation combines insider vacation planning tips and ideas into one 17-page PDF guide. Download our free guide for inspirational ideas and practical advice to help you easily plan the best national park vacation.
DOWNLOAD FREE NATIONAL PARKS PLANNING GUIDE

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Austin Adventures by Beth Stephenson - 1M ago

S’more Just got Better!

The first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew, who made them for Girl Scouts by the campfire, is given credit for the recipe. Over the years families have added their own takes on the treat that is loved among all ages. This week we invited you to enjoy our favorite version, with all the classic flavors of traditional s’mores…but without all the mess! These portable s’mores are perfect for active outdoor vacations!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (or any flavor you want)
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 1 box cake or sugar cones
  • aluminum foil
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put about 1 tsp of chocolate chips at the bottom of the cone
2. Then put a layer of marshmallows on top of the chocolate chips
3. Keep layering until you get to the top of the cone
4. Wrap the cone in foil
5. Heat foil-wrapped cone over the fire until chocolate and marshmallows are melted. About 3-5 minutes

Enjoy!

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